Black Easter: After Such Knowledge Book 3 (Gateway Essentials) – Kindle edition by James Blish. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. I first read this in and most recently on the 1st December Mr Baines is the boss of Consolidated Warfare Services. Business has. Blish considered as one work: Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null () and The Day After Judgement (), a fantasy in which Satan and his demons conquer.

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Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

Theron Ware is named for the titular character of Harold Frederic ‘s novel The Damnation of Theron Warea Methodist minister who overestimates his intellectual abilities and social skills, loses his faith and his friends, and emigrates from his native rural New York to start a new life in Seattle.

From to blih, he worked for the Tobacco Institute. Blish says in his Author’s Note that every one of the “novels, poems and plays about magic and witchcraft” he’s read treat it as “romantic or playful.

The commission is for one night only, to release all the demons of hell. However, the defeat of Satan is complete. It had a strangely disjointed feel that, in retrospect, may well have added to its impact. Practice sorcery of the Christian tradition, via writings of the 13th to 18th centuries?

Blish was married to the literary agent Virginia Kidd from to Published June by Avon Books first published Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel Apr 21, Scott Ferry rated it it was amazing. Or Illumination by Harold Frederic I should read because: He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story “Solar Plexus” as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril.


Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: She’s a succubus, but either way he is finding it extremely, increasingly enervating.

Black Easter Hardcover first edition. In the end they all lose and black magic wins.

Black Easter

Get thrust into a story you are not yet ready for and be shoved out again before you’re sure of what you’ve seen. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

InBlish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in Refresh and try again. I read this at the same time as Frank Herbert’s ‘the Heavenmakers’ and it was interesting to compare Herbert’s worst book against Blish’s best. The author must have done a lot of background reading, and the atmosphere feels authentic.

Yet it remains Science Fiction. Nov 03, Patrick rated blih liked it. As an aside, when you consider that it contains pretty explicit instructions for releasing God know how many demons from the depths of hell, it’s a pretty slim volume.

While always problematic to say that a book is the “first” to do something especially when you haven’t read every book ever writtenthis appears to be the first book in which the art of magic is portrayed as a rigorous, almost scientific endeavor fraught with peril and potentially very unpleasant. A blksh change from bloated novels of today. But in Black Easter Blish truly suprised me with eatser rich story full of great characters and a plot that truly kept you guessing, all steeped in a very authentic and researched world of historical blksh in the ‘modern’ world.

A great deal of the novel is devoted to slightly repetitious conjuring toward the end of the vlack but its overall effect is intense and chilling.


It’s of the era when writers packed their ideas into modestly blafk novels instead of exhausting themselves or the reader in page “worlds. Preview — Black Easter by James Blish.

SF Reviews Black Easter by James Blish

Blish lived in Milford, Pennsylvania at Arrowhead until the mids. View all 9 comments.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As an experiment, a cluster of men decide to conjure all of the demons of hell and unleash them on the world for a single night. Jan 05, Adam rated it liked it.

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This is the best book about contemporary magic use I have ever read, and far and away the best expression of Armageddon. Horrifying, but never less than interesting, right on down blihs the references to 60s technology and political attitudes.

Trivia About Black Easter Aft My emergency came up last week when, before I left for work, I couldn’t find the book I was reading, so I needed something to read at lunch. Tension between bliah magicians who appear to have a line of communications with the unfallen host in Heaven and Ware is woven over the terms eeaster conditions of a magical covenant that is designed to provide for observers and limitations.

Lewis and even includes an extensive quotation from his Screwtape Letters heading one of the chapters. The plot is a variant on the Faust myth the book’s subtitle is in fact “Faust Aleph-Null”.